Scripture tells us that Job had a pretty charmed life. Seven sons. Three daughters. Thousands of sheep and camels. Hundreds of oxen, and a great reputation for serving God, which is apparently what made him a target for a spiritual tug-of-war.
As the story goes, Satan was trolling around looking for someone to deny God, so God suggested Job. He knew that Job’s faith was strong enough to handle anything thrown at him. Usually that’s where the Sunday School lessons focus, the perseverance and commitment angle.
But I’ve been thinking about how Job’s suffering was carefully mapped out. Even before the messenger had finished explaining how all of his camels were stolen, another messenger arrived to say that his children had died. Soon, Job was covered in painful boils from his feet to his head. No part of his life was left untouched.
So, why do I think I would be any different? Why should I think that evil won’t tug at my job, my family, my homesickness, my insecurities, the pieces of my heart that are broken? Do I even recognize evil?
“I’m convinced we live in chains – either of our own making or by the enemy,” said James Rubart, author of Rooms. “We each have a divine destiny, and the enemy is trying to keep that from happening.”
That idea of releasing the brakes we put on ourselves and throwing off the chains of those who keep us down – the idea of true freedom – is at the center of Rooms, the fiction book I’ve chosen for our second Simply Faithful book club. In Rooms, software tycoon Micah Taylor receives a letter from a late uncle he barely knew telling him of a house he has built for him along the Oregon coast. The house, it turns out, is actually a physical manifestation of Micah’s soul, and there are rooms for places of his life where he needs forgiveness, healing and victory.
Alpha & Omega Parable Christian stores in Penfield and Greece, NY, will offer the book at a discounted rate of $9.97 and host discussion groups at 7 p.m. July 10, 17, 24 and 31. I’ll host a live chat with Rubart on the Simply Faithful page on Facebook at 7 p.m. July 25.
I hope you’ll join us. Maybe we’ll all find a little more freedom.